Staffin support for campaign to save Portree Hospital

ALARMED Staffin residents are among the 1,500 people who have signed a petition demanding that a controversial move to remove beds at Portree Hospital and reduce 24-hour care is reversed.

At the time of writing, the Save Portree Hospital campaign group’s online petition has attracted the signatures of 1,530 people. It was only launched after a public meeting in the Skye Gathering Hall last month which attracted 300 people.  

The campaign group has warned that a “mistake” was made by NHS Highland when it decided ...

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Thailand tsunami orphans visit Staffin

A GROUP of orphans, who survived the devastating Asian tsunami, enjoyed a visit to Staffin this week.

The Boxing Day disaster on 26 December 2004 saw a tsunami hit Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. It left death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, with the death toll estimated at 250,000 people.

Two days later police and forensic specialists from 40 countries travelled to Thailand to help with the vast human tragedy and identified more than 4,600 victims in the southern region. ...

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Hacked off with Staffin and Kilmuir’s broadband speed?

A NEW online survey – which will investigate the broadband speed in Trotternish – is now live, as efforts to secure a high speed internet connection gather speed.

Businesses and residents in Staffin and Kilmuir are being urged to complete the short survey, which only takes two minutes, so that an accurate picture of the current broadband service in the peninsula can be measured.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here

It comes as the North Skye Broadband Project, which is being led by ...

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Staffin’s outdoor Gaelic course returns

A POPULAR outdoor Gaelic course in Staffin is set to return this summer.

The Staffin Community Trust hosts Gaelic broadcaster Roddy MacLean’s course Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas in June and August.

The 10-day Gaelic in the environment course is aimed at fluent Gaelic speakers and advanced learners. This year it is offered in two five-day blocks and is suitable for countryside rangers, teachers, people employed in heritage and tourism in Scotland and beyond. It is supported by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

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Staffin businesses cracking into Easter

STAFFIN businesses are gearing up for the start of the 2015 visitor season with the Easter weekend upon us.

Premises have been painted/refurbished, stock orders have been arriving and menus have been revamped. Some businesses have even launched new ventures, like the Skye Pie Café.

While Staffin is by no means a closed shop during the so-called “shoulder months” between October and March, the A855 is already noticeably busier with traffic of all shape and sizes – and speeds!

Please note that if you admiring ...

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Slipway: drop in consultation on Saturday

AN UPDATE on the Staffin Slipway Development will be provided this weekend as the feasibility stage nears completion.
The Staffin Community Trust is hosting a drop-in community consultation on Saturday (21.3) to provide the latest information on the transformational project.
Marine engineering firm Wallace Stone, environmental consultant Duncan Bryden and economist Steve Westbrook have been investigating the project’s potential and reviewing the construction options in the last year. Aspect Land and Hydrographic Surveys Ltd has also carried out a seismic report ...
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Pies Away! New Staffin cafe opens its doors

THE LID has come off a Staffin couple’s new food venture – the very first pie café in Skye.
The award-winning restaurant Glenview Inn at Culnacnoc has undertaken a change of direction and transformed itself into a classy pie eatery.
The Skye Pie Café has opened its doors for the 2015 season and owners Simon Wallwork and Kirsty Faulds, who have run Glenview for several years, are hugely excited about the new venture.
Kirsty said the pie café was partly motivated by a desire ...
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Mystery solved: ‘Eda’ was wife of Beinn Edra victim

THE mystery behind a piece of jewellery, which was found by a schoolboy among the wreckage of a warplane that crashed 70 years ago in Skye, has finally been solved.

And efforts are now underway to reunite the St Christopher’s pendant – inscribed with a woman’s name – with the American family of the man who was killed when his aircraft crashed into Beinn Edra in Staffin, after his identify was confirmed.

Tormod MacLeod, from Clachan in Staffin, found the pendant – which ...

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70 years on: Beinn Edra air disaster remembered

TODAY (Tuesday 3.3) marks 70 years since the Beinn Edra aircraft disaster in Staffin – which claimed the life of Charles Jeanblanc – and eight of his colleagues.

The community will mark the solemn milestone on Saturday at the Staffin War Memorial where a plaque, inscribed with the crew’s names, will be unveiled.

Charles Jeanblanc was the navigator on the Flying Fortress when it crashed into the rockface on the Trotternish Ridge on March 3, 1945, in heavy fog. He was 23-years-old.

Skye minister, Rev Rory ...

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“Beautiful Staffin” is star of new BBC TV series

A NEW television series kicks off next week with a programme dedicated to Staffin.

In the second series of “Eileanan Fraoich”, Islay-born Heather Dewar leaves the familiarity of her home to embark on her own personal “island odyssey”. She visits Colonsay, Mull, North Uist and Eriskay and also explores the communities South Lochs in Lewis.

The producers have shown remarkably good taste and decided to launch their second series, which visits island communities, in ...

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